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John Kerry Concludes Fifth Trip to Asia Since Taking Office

by Alex Forster
Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry concluded his fifth trip to Asia since being sworn in to lead the State Department one year ago. His itinerary this time included stops in South Korea, China and Indonesia. In each country, Secretary Kerry met with...

An Emergent US Security Strategy in Southeast Asia

by Marvin Ott and Kenneth Ngo
The foundation of US security strategy in Southeast Asia since the end of World War II has been a “hub and spoke” system of formal bilateral alliances with four countries in the region.

Rebalancing the US Army Towards Asia

by Paul Lushenko
Domestic political gamesmanship recently caused President Barack Obama to cancel his participation in the APEC forum and the East Asia Summit...

Hawai‘i Congresswoman Hanabusa Discusses the Importance of the Asia-Pacific and the Role of Hawai‘i for Relations with the Region

by Alex Forster
The Diplomat recently conducted an extended interview with Hawai‘i congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. The wide-ranging discussion included topics such as the commitment of the US to the Asia-Pacific region, the ongoing negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

East Sea Labeling Requirement Passes Virginia State Senate

by Alex Forster
The Virginia state Senate passed a bill last Thursday stipulating that all future textbooks approved by the state Board of Education that make reference to the Sea of Japan must contain language indicating that it is also known as the East Sea. The bill still needs to...

Keeping the World Safe for America

by Asad Latif, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
The view from an aircraft carrier is a lesson in the optics of power. As an iconic embodiment of the naval reach of the nation it belongs to, an aircraft carrier’s gigantic dimensions overwhelm the contours of the landscape.

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